You want to love Logan Tavern. I mean, the location alone is enough. The patio allows for some killer people-watching on P Street. And the interior is chill and cozy.
But then you encounter the evil hostesses. And the obnoxious servers and bartenders. And the mediocre food. And you’re done.
We had a reservation that they wouldn’t seat until every member of our party was standing in the restaurant waiting … along with the 50+ other people who were waiting, all hovering around the poor tables of people who were seated in the main dining room. The bar was packed and wouldn’t serve us while we waited. We were parched, post New Years celebrations, and we had a big group assembling. (At one point, while waiting, a waiter behind Cori Sue yelled so loudly, startling her so badly, she fell into Becca’s arms.) Finally, succumbing to our Bitchiness, the monster behind the hostess stand decided she would seat us on the patio. In January.
Yeah. We were not happy.
We’re going to let the others expound on the food. Because they are nicer than we are …
“The waiter wasn’t the only prick; there was a really bitchy waiter inside that actually screamed ‘excuse me’ at some of the guests. Yes, it was crowded inside because of the wait for the tables for significant, but that’s something the restaurant should have thought of when they position tables directly next to the bar. I don’t think the customer is always right, but the customer doesn’t need to be scolded. Nor does the customer need to be reminded to, ‘Please, order in clockwise position.’ Nor should one wait until after the appetizers are served to get a cup of coffee (this may be the reason I was cranky about the service to begin with). F for service. I had the California Benedict (poached eggs, hollandaise, avocado, roasted turkey, on a croissant). It was unique. And, individually, each component of the dish was good, but it didn’t marry well. That is probably the reason why it is unique. The fried green tomatoes were great, and great for sharing. Loved the peach relish. B for food.”
“The major thing I liked about the steak sandwich, besides it tasting good, was the steak was cooked medium (and I said medium), and I was able to eat it like a sandwich. The steak was tender enough so when you would bite into it the meat didn’t come out all at once on the first bite. The coleslaw side was on par … I don’t see how you could mess that up. The waiter was very … precise. I mean, did he really have to ask each individual person if they had food allergies? Isn’t that something you’d mention if you had one? I found that comical.”
“One thing about the decor did catch my eye. The big clock and the gargoyles behind the bar. When’s the last time you saw gargoyles in a restaurant? You don’t see that every day.”
“It was prime time for people-watching on the street. Lot’s of people walking their dogs, running, riding motorcycles, bums asking for money while we ate. Lovely.”
“The place was OK. I wasn’t expecting the brussel sprouts to be cold. The hamburger was good but a little on the rare side; I guess my fault for ordering medium rare. I liked the fries. I really like their beer selection.”
“My French toast looked really ugly, to be honest. But, it tasted great. It was topped with a sticky cinnamon pecan sauce you’d find on top of a pecan roll. It was delicious, but I would have liked more of the sauce. They let me order French fries instead of home fries, and the French fries were crap. After having the French fries at Granville Moores, Brasserie Beck, and Firefly, these were downright awful by comparison. Also, my side of fruit was pretty crappy/ugly/unfresh, I only took a few bites.”
“The omelet was pretty standard, yummy and fresh, and they were very accommodating. As in, they let me make substitutions on my order. Always a plus. Oh, and I did really enjoy the brussel sprouts salad, which was topped with a truffle oil dressing/sauce.”
The Bitches say: C. It would have been higher, because the food was varied between OK to pretty good, but the service gives it the failing grade. What’s the point of brunch if you’re stressed out by the service?
1423 P Street Northwest
Washington D.C., DC 20005